Interview with d.W.Whitfield

David Whitfield | France

The relationship between the artist and the painting is of an intense private emotional journey of exploration and commitment from the artist to the ongoing work.
The judgement rests upon those who interpret the image set before them.
A title would impede the openness of such interpretation, therefore it becomes obsolete and missing.

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Contemporary Art Station: Tell us about how you got started. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

Interested in art as a child, always drew and painted and attended art college upon leaving school.

CAS: What is your process like, from initial idea to the creation of the piece? Do you usually develop the idea for a project before you find the "canvas", or vice versa?

The process is a long journey of discovery from initial idea to the first strokes on a canvas.From there is a constant dialogue between the artist and the developing image, one leads the other until the image decides to call a halt.The painting is then finished.

CAS: What do you love most about your creative process?

The uncertainty of the outcome.the original idea may disappear and evolve into something else inspired by the evolving image on the canvas.

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CAS: What role does art and the artist play in the broader social conversation today?

The artists outlook on society is interpreted by an image that may have many interpretations and give a different perspective on society, without being confrontational.

CAS: Name a few of your favourite artists and influences.

Surrealism was an early influence.
Influential artist have been Francis Bacon, Raushenberg, Paul Wunderlich.

CAS: What is the best advice you received as an artist?

Paint what you hear inside yourself as you perceive it, be true to yourself and never doubt.

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CAS: When did you discover your voice as an artist? 

I am still discovering, it never ends.

CAS: What advice would you give to emerging artists trying to find their own? 

Study artists you admire, but don't copy.
To find your own voice, listen and work constantly.
You are your own best teacher, and work work work.

Thank you David!